PENDLETON — Scores of concertgoers turned out Sunday for the first of this summer’s Pendleton Lions Club Concerts in the Park, featuring Corey Cox.
“It means a lot,” Cox told the crowd, thanking them for coming out to the Falls Park event.
Cox said until about a week ago, it had been three months since he’d performed live because of COVID-19. “Thanks for letting us dust off the cobwebs.
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“I grew up here,” said Cox, a country singer who was joined on stage by guitarist Andrew Camp. “It’s just so cool. We’re just so happy to be able to play music for you guys again.”
Cox and Camp performed cover songs, including ones by Vince Gill and John Mellencamp, as well as some original music.
The Lions Club concerts take place at the park gazebo, and this year the club is asking people to practice social distancing.
People sat on blankets, lawn chairs — even a high-back wooden rocking chair — as well as in golf carts and vehicles in parking spaces around the venue, both in the park and along Pendleton Avenue.
People also watched the concert from porches on the west side of Pendleton Avenue.
There are two concerts left in the series: 6 p.m. July 26 — Gordon Brooks, and 6 p.m. Aug. 30 — Madison County Band Directors and Pendleton Heights High School Band.